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Instant Pot Lentil Soup Recipe


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Instant pot lentil Soup with chicken sausage is a wonderfully healthy dinner idea.

This lentil soup is made in your instant pot on the soup function. OR slow cooked. Instructions are included for both methods.

This easy Lentil Sausage soup uses any garden or store produce you have and takes just 15 minutes to prepare. Set the pot and walk away. 🙂

Be versatile and flexible when making soup for your family. This homemade lentil kale soup is a wonderful recipe as it is.

Lentil Sausage Soup-top down view
Instant pot Lentil Soup with kale

OR You can make it your own with substitutions. I list the ingredients for the Italian sausage lentil soup version below.

Instant Pot Lentil soup with chicken sausage

UPDATE: Nowadays I use my instant pot for all my slow cook and soup recipes.

Looking for more easy Soup recipes?

We love soup. Here are a few of our favorite instant pot soup recipes. Look around the blog for many more.

I replaced my crock pot with a pressure cooker. This lentil soup recipe will work in either appliance just fine. The recipe card has instructions for both.

Lentil sausage Soup table setting.
Lentil Sausage soup is so simple to make. Good, Nourishing soup your whole family will enjoy!

I have found and created so many Instant Pot recipes. We made a whole section on recipes using the Instant pot. Take A look.

Instant pot lentil soup with soup setting

The Ingredients for Instant Pot Lentil soup:

This is an easy dinner idea because it’s very easy to make your own. Use what you have and play around with this recipe. Homemade soup is not hard and fast.

Ingredients for Instant Pot lentil soup

These are the main ingredients we are using for the video demonstration of this lentil soup recipe. Make it your own. As I discuss below there are many different ways to enjoy this recipe.

The Lentils:

The different varieties of dried lentils will all work well in this lentil soup. Use brown lentils, red lentils or any you have in your pantry.

Want more lentils? Just double the amount to 2 Cups. The soup will be a bit thicker with more lentil flavor.

The sausage:

The sausage I use in this soup is spicy, low-fat, pre-cooked chicken sausageWe love the flavor of chicken sausage recipes. It is certainly a great compliment to the lentils in this soup and keeps the recipe much lower in fat too.

I use different sausage flavors all the time. Chicken apple sausage is a good choice for Fall harvest vegetables. But use your favorite.

slicing chicken sausage


Kale adds color, nutrients and great texture to this soup. If you’ve never actually used kale in a soup this is a good recipe to start with. 

I usually won’t use greens in a soup because I hate to eat the slimy green bits they make when cooked. Kale is an exception. It has a strong flavorful leaf that holds up well under pressure and give good flavor and texture. For best results you will want to strip the kale leaves off the tough stalk.

Stripping kale from the stalk.
Strip the kale off the stalk for Kale soup recipes.

PLEASE do not use a less strong green such as spinach or chard leaves in this soup. They will break down into slimy bits

Kale in instant pot
Kale holds up well in soup recipes.

All of the varieties of kale hold up well in soups and stews. That’s true even with all the hours it simmers if slow cooking. My personal preference is the curly kale to really gain the texture I like it to have.

Lentil soup with sausage and kale is a good base for a variety of vegetables. both fresh and canned.

chopped veggies in instant pot

Use any vegetables you have that will go with lentil sausage soup. Potatoes, kohlrabi, parsnips…any veg you like can go in here.

Using your crockpot:

Originally this was a crockpot recipe. I made it on slow cook for years before the instant pot came into being.

Both soup function with quick release and slow cook function work well with this soup. Instructions for both methods are in the printable Recipe Card.

Lentil Sausage Soup
Lentil soup crockpot version. Instructions are in the printable recipe card.

About the liquids:


  • The liquids are NOT exact measurements. Feel free to adjust the liquids to make this soup perfect for your family.
  • When I open a can of  ingredients to make soup, canned beans or tomatoes, for example. I NEVER drain the liquids out of the cans.
  • Draining the beans and other canned foods robs us of flavor and nutrients.
  • Always buy organic canned goods so you are only putting good food in your soup. We love to use every drop.

NOTE: The acidity of the tomatoes can cause a tiny bit of metal in the canned tomatoes to come off in your soup. I have never worried about it but glass jars will never add metal to your soup. 🙂

Mediterranean Lentil soup
Grate Parmesan cheese over the top at serving for the Italian lentil soup version.

The chicken sausage and broth ingredients are pretty flexible flavor partners. Especially with so many choices of chicken sausage these days.

Mediterranean Lentil Soup Version:

If you want a Tuscan soup vibe I recommend these Ingredients.

  • Italian Chicken Sausage (add in 1 Tablespoon olive oil when browning to tune up the italian flavor)
  • Add 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasonings
  • Italian Stewed Tomatoes
  • Fire roasted tomatoes
  • Use a flavorful fresh pepper. Bell peppers are fine but I love the poblano varieties for extra flavor and they are great in this version.
  • Parmesan grated over top at serving
Instant pot lentil soup

For a Plant Based or Vegan Lentil Soup:

Feel free to use chicken broth or vegetable broth in place of the water. 

For a vegetarian or vegan lentil soup replace the chicken sausage with your favorite meatless sausage or omit the sausage.

 If you make this easy lentil soup PLEASE comment for us and rate the recipe. We would love to hear how it goes for you!

Your Printable Recipe Card:

Instant Pot Lentil Soup
Yield: 10


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Instant Pot Lentil Soup with Chicken Sausage is a wonderfully simple healthy dinner. Full of nutrients and flavor. Make it in your instant pot on the soup function or slow cook it. This recipe makes dinner so quick and easy.


  • 1 12 oz. package chicken sausage sliced into 1/2 inch rounds (any flavor)
  • 1 Cup lentils (any color) (double to 2 Cups if desired)
  • 2 to 3 large carrots-sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 4 garlic cloves-minced
  • 2 celery ribs sliced small
  • 1 pepper (any heat or type you prefer, chopped small)
  • 4 Cups kale (any variety, torn or cut into small pieces)
  • 1-14 oz. can garbanzo beans (with juice)
  • 1-14 oz. can kidney beans (OR black beans with juice)
  • 1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes (any flavor-with juice)
  • 1-14 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 8 cups chicken broth



  1. Slice the sausage into 1/4 inch rounds.slicing chicken sausage
  2. Strip the kale leaves OFF the stalk before cutting (or ripping) it into small pieces. The stalk is tough.Stripping kale from the stalk.
  3. Chop all the vegetables into small pieces.chopping celery

Make the soup:

  1. Put all prepared ingredients into the instant pot.chopped veggies in instant pot
  2. Add the canned ingredients and broth.adding canned ingredients
  3. . Set the instant pot to the soup function. OR use the slow cook function. Set to MORE and cook for 6 hours.
  4. Quick release the pot when done.Quick release
  5. Serve with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Grate fresh parmesan cheese over the top for garnish.Instant pot lentil soup


Slow cooker lentil soup

use any slow cooker. This soup is mostly cooked except the fresh vegetables. So you can just let it simmer all day or cook it fast. Up to you.

Mediterranean lentil soup version:

If you want a Tuscan soup vibe I recommend these Ingredients.

  • Italian Chicken Sausage (add in 1 Tablespoon olive oil when browning to tune up the italian flavor)
  • Italian Seasonings
  • Italian Stewed Tomatoes
  • Fire roasted tomatoes
  • Use a flavorful fresh pepper. Bell peppers are fine but I love the poblano varieties for extra flavor and they are great in this version.
  • Parmesan grated over top at serving

I often use our fresh garden tomatoes or my home frozen whole tomatoes with an extra 2 Tablespoons of Italian seasonings to bring out the Italian flavors.

More Versions:

This is endless really. Any spices or vegetables and add ins you prefer can be used in this soup. Make it your own. Please let us know your favorite way to make this lentil soup recipe. 🙂

Our video demonstration is just one suggested way to make this versatile and lovely soup recipe

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

2 Cups

Amount Per Serving Calories 248Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 35mgSodium 1464mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 9gSugar 9gProtein 19g

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Sausage lentil and kale soup is a hearty and healthy dinner that is easy to make. Our recipe can be either slow cooker lentil soup or use the soup function in your instant pot for a quick weeknight dinner for your family.
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Friday 1st of March 2019

If you go the Instant Pot route, how LONG would you set it for on the Soup function? I have a potato lentil soup I like that only requires 3 minutes (of course it takes longer to build the pressure). How long do you recommend for this soup? Sounds tasty, and I look forward to trying it!


Friday 1st of March 2019

Hi Jeff, This soup will take a bit longer due to the harder veggies in it. Carrots need about 5 minutes. The soup function is pretty flexible. Try five minutes and natural release is at least 10 minutes. Please Let me know how it turns out. This is one of our favorite soups. Enjoy and have a great day!

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Saturday 16th of April 2016

What would the cook time be to cook this on the stovetop? I'm thinking 1-2 hours would suffice but don't want to ruin my first time trying this!


Saturday 16th of April 2016

I agree Victoria. That time frame is about right. If you're using precooked sausage all you're actually cooking is the lentils. They only need to boil and then simmer about a half hour. BUT, using the stovetop may use more liquid than a slow cooker so keep your eye on that. Just add more broth or water if the lentils absorb too much. Also the seasonings are best added at the end if stovetopping. Enjoy!


Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Did you cook your sausage first?


Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Hi Chelsey, I use precooked, ready to eat sausage in this recipe. I will edit the recipe so it's more clear on this point. Thanks so much for your question. If you find Adele's Brand Spicy chicken sausage(that's what I used) it should say that its precooked and ready to eat. But any precooked sausage you love will work. If you choose to use a bulk sausage that is uncooked in this soup I recommend cooking it in a skillet before adding it to the crock pot. It will cook fine in the crock pot if you break it up into small pieces and add it raw. However, I prefer the texture and flavor of precooked sausage in this soup.

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